Abnormal Psychology: Mental Health and Mental Illness

Disorders of Personality

What is the difference between axis I disorders and personality disorders?

The syndromes discussed in the preceding section are known as axis I disorders. This refers to specific patterns of dysfunction in thought, emotions, and behavior. But not all psychopathology fits into an axis I diagnosis. Sometimes the problem is more widespread and not just restricted to a specific pattern of behavior. In effect, the problem relates to the person’s entire personality. While psychologists and other mental health professionals agree that psychopathology can reflect an ingrained problem with personality, there is less consensus on how to understand personality pathology. In fact, the definition of personality per se is not entirely settled.


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